Osteopathy for children
Osteopathy for children from the new born to 16 years of age.
What will happen during a consultation?
During the consultation Summeara will take a full case history and conduct a gentle examination of the child. This will include a number of questions about the delivery of the baby and about how your baby is sleeping, feeding and developing. The examination is completely painless and involves a full paediatric clinical assessment, checking for example, if the various development milestones have been achieved. Similarly to the osteopathic examination in adults, the osteopathic treatment of children centres around finding tension and restrictions in the human body. After the examination, a diagnosis and the treatment options available are discussed with the parents. Osteopathic treatment comprises of very gentle structural and cranial osteopathic techniques.
Is the treatment painful?
Not at all! Osteopathic treatment is completley painless and very gentle - infants have been known to fall asleep in treatment.
Following treatment you may be given advice on stretches, positioning or feeding techniques, depending on your child's needs.
Top tips for a smooth consultation:
All under 16's need to accompanied by a parent at all times.
It is always good to bring your child's favourite toys with you, they will feel more comfortable.
It helps to dress your baby in clothing which can be removed easily.
Read this Leaflet on back pain and children from the Institute of Osteopathy
Summeara Bedford graduated with an honours degree from the Oxford Brookes University in 2007 and is one of a few pediatric osteopaths in the UK to be awarded the Specialist Pediatric Osteopathic Practice qualification from the British School of osteopathy. This involved completing 180 hours of clinical practice in which she treated a diverse and broad range of children from birth to age 16. Summeara is married to Tom Bedford and they have two children.
For more details about paediatric osteopathy call Summeara directly on 07887 373000.
To make an appointment to see Summeara, please call reception on 01865 251233.